Deep Rooted Tree / 뿌리깊은 나무****½ (2011)
SBS Drama / 24 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama
Director: Jang Tae Yu (장태유)
Screenwriters: Kim Yeong Hyeon (김영현), Park Sang Yeon (박상연)
Cast: Han Seok Kyu (한석규), Jang Hyeok (장혁), Shin Se Kyeong (신세경), Yun Je Mun (윤제문), Jo Jin Ung (조진웅), Shin So Yul (신소율), Shin Seung Hwan (신승환), Song Ok Suk (송옥숙), Song Jung Ki (송중기), Pak Hyeok Kweon (박혁권), Kim Hyeon Wu (김현우), Kim Ki Beom (김기범), Seo Jun Yeong (서준영), Shim So Heon (심소헌), Kim Gi Bang (김기방), Yi Su Hyeok (이수혁), Heo Jun Seok (허준석), Jeon Yeong Bin (전영빈), An Seok Hwan (안석환), Jo Hee Bong (조희봉), Yi Jae Yong (이재용), Kang San (강산), Chae Sang Wu (채상우), Shin Dong Gi (신동기), Kim Hyeon Su (김현수)
Young King Sejong unintentionally causes the massacre of his in-laws and their whole house by sending a letter. Among them, 2 young slaves, Dol Bok and his best friend Dam, both survive, each of them thinking that the other and everybody else has perished. Dam, saved in extremis by the Queen, becomes a court lady. She also turned mute out of shock and guilt. On his side, Dol Bok is saved by the King himself, not knowing who he is, he vows to kill the King himself and avenge his father’s wrongful death. To achieve such a goal, he spends years and years training to become a great warrior.
This drama is an adaption of Yi Jeong Myeong’s novel “Deep-rooted Tree”, focusing on the killings during the week before the announcement of the Korean script. Great historical drama about King Sejong and high scholars’ achievement in creating the korean writing system, Hangeul. King Sejong is the 4th king of Joseon Dynasty and is considered as the most important in Korean history. Great cast, great performance by Han Seok Kyu (as Sejong). This actor doesn’t seem to age easily, lucky him. Jang Hyeok is a good actor but his yelling and crying annoys me so much… Solid story, though. Great production, costumes and sets.
The title comes from one the first, maybe the very first literary work ever wrote in Hangeul:
용비어천가 or Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven
뿌리가 깊은 나무는
바람에도 흔들리지 아니하므로
샘이 깊은 물은
가뭄에도 그치지 않고 솟아나므로
A tree with deep roots,
Because the wind sways it not,
And bears fruit.
The water from a deep spring,
Because a drought dries it not,
Becomes a stream
And flows to the sea.